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Some of best deals can be found in flea markets, on eBay and other auction sites. Not only can you find pieces for your own collection, but these will be eventual avenues for you to resell them at a later date. The highlight of auction arena is that you can set a starting price and watch bids increase your income potential – sometimes to a figure much higher than you would have imagined. Setting a reserve price helps, too, so that you won’t lose a piece when someone comes in way under piece’s value.
Picking up models at local department stores, such as Wal-Mart, or through TV shopping forums such as QVC is usually a mistake. While these may have reasonable quality, they’re usually not as well constructed as what you can find elsewhere, and tend to flood market with certain pieces which they sell in high volume in an effort to gain a higher sales standing. Stick to mainstream collection sites and you’ll do much better.
Remember that you may not break bank when you resell a piece, but with a good sense of timing and strong negotiation skills, you’ll be able to realize some type of profit and, with a bit of experience, will increase your overall profit potential.
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Dale Stewart is a freelance author and diecast enthusiast.